Manchester City won their first 6 matches in the league and were comfortably placed at the top of the table. But a sudden defeat at the hands of Tottenham and then a couple of draws saw them go down the table to the third position.
Chelsea, on the other hand, had a shaky start to their campaign as they were struggling in the mid-table for the first 6 matches.
Conte's men took the top gear thereafter and won the next seven matches conceding just one goal. A change on formation did wonders for Chelsea as they now look one of the best teams in England and a serious title contender.
Kick-off: 6:00 PM (IST)
Venue: Etihad Stadium
The match will be telecasted LIVE on Star Sports Select HD and Hotstar in India.
Manchester City will be missing the services of club captain Vincent Kompany and Fabian Delph due to injury. Star attacker Raheem Sterling who suffered a blow last week against Burnley, is doubtful against Chelsea.
Considering the magnitude of the game and how the outcome will affect the title race, Pep Guardiola might field both Kevin De Bruyne and David Silva in the starting XI.
While De Bruyne might go up the line-up and play as a winger, David Silva will be played in the central midfield who can control the game alongside Yaya Toure and Fernandinho.
Chelsea will miss services of captain John Terry and John Obi Mikel who are not regular starters under Antonio Conte.
The regular first XI which Conte prefers are all fit to play and will be action against a strong Manchester City side.
It is unlikely that the Italian manager would make any change in the winning combination who are high on confidence at the moment.
Goalkeeper: Claudio Bravo
Defenders: Pablo Zabaleta, Nicolas Otamendi, John Stones, Aleksandar Kolarov
Midfielders: Fernandinho, David Silva, Yaya Toure
Strikers: Kevin De Bruyne, Sergio Aguero, Nolito
Goalkeeper: Thibaut Courtois
Defenders: Cesar Azpilicueta, Gary Cahill, David Luiz
Midfielders: Victor Moses, Nemanja Matic, N'Golo Kante, Marcus Alonso
Strikers: Pedro, Diego Costa, Eden Hazard
Manchester City 1-1 Chelsea FC